Interstate Highway Act

(1956)

Impact

In the twenty-first century, the national interstate system consists of more than 160,000 thousand miles of roadway. It can move military vehicles and supplies easily and quickly across the county, just as Eisenhower had hoped. The interstate system had a deep and lasting impact on society. People moved out of cities and into suburbs and the countryside. No longer were people required to live where they worked; commuting to work became the norm for many. As the ease of mobility increased, so did the ability of people to travel for business or vacation. As increasing numbers...

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The Interstate Highway Act (National Archives and Records Administration)

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